Weekly Round-Up: Write Your Way Out

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Every week our editors publish somewhere between 10 and 15 blog posts—but it can be hard to keep up amidst the busyness of everyday life. To make sure you never miss another post, we've created a new weekly round-up series. Each Saturday, find the previous week's posts all in one place.


Who Tells Your Story?

Your fiction shouldn't read like someone else wrote it. Follow two simple tips to make your fiction original.

You may have been inspired by Broadway-hit Hamilton to "write like you need it to survive," but there's more to learn from the titular character than just increased prolificacy. Find out What Fiction Writers Can Learn From Hamilton’s Character Flaws.

Breaking In

There is a lot for new writers to consider, so start with these articles:

For some literal breaking in (or, at least, something a bit closer), make sure you know the differences between crime novels, mystery novels, and thriller novels.

Agents and Opportunities

This week's new literary agent alert is for Claire Easton of Painted Words. She is looking for author-illustrated picture books, as well as some middle-grade and young adult manuscripts.

Poetic Asides

For this week's Wednesday Poetry Prompt, write a "one" poem.

Challenge yourself by trying out a Welsh poetic form: the cywydd llosgyrnog. If that's not enough for you, here are 11 French poetic forms for you to try.

This week's Poetry Spotlight shines on Open Books, a bookstore in Seattle that specializes in poetry.